The world of sex toys is a vast one, but not all of them are good news for the environment – so we’ve rounded up our top tips for shopping sex toys ethically.
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Sex toy sales have risen by 83 per cent in Australia (as well as around the globe), which is great news for everyone’s sex lives – but not necessarily great news for the environment.
You may not have realised it, but the sex toy industry can have a pretty huge impact on the planet – unless you take more of a green approach to sex toys and start buying ethically. If you’ve got no clue where to begin with all that, don’t stress, because we’ve done the research so you don’t have to.
What makes a toy eco-friendly?
There are a couple of factors that contribute to whether or not a toy can be considered eco-friendly.
Start by considering the material. You want to make sure the toys you buy are free of a nasty chemical called phthalate, which is often added to plastic but can easily leach into the environment (or your body!). High-quality silicone is better than plastic, due to its longer life, nonporous surface and ability to be recycled. Glass is also recyclable – plus, glass sex toys are unlikely to have any plastic hiding on the inside, making them green-approved. Wood also gets the go-ahead – and don’t worry, as long as the one you buy is coated, splinters won’t be an issue.
Avoid toys that are battery-operated – batteries are terrible for the environment! Instead, opt for rechargeable toys, solar-powered toys (yep, they’re a thing that you can buy right here), or toys that aren’t powered at all, like dildos.
Whilst a bargain is great, make sure you’re investing in good quality toys. Ideally, you want something that will last you for years so that you don’t have to keep buying and creating more waste.
Don’t forget to choose eco-friendly lubes, condoms, and toy cleaners too, if you’re using them (you should be!). Look for sustainably-sourced latex condoms and chemical-free, non-toxic vegan lubes and cleaners.
nsnovelties Crystal Glass Wand, $59.99 at Wild Secrets.
Flask by Crystalino Handblown Glass Wand, $39.95 at Adultshop.
Lovehoney Beaded Sensual Glass Dildo, $54.95 at Lovehoney.
Life by Leaf+, $113.95 at Adult Toy Megastore.
Gaia Eco Biodegradable Vibrator, $16 at Free People.
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Astroglide Organix Water-Based Lubricant, $22.99 at Wild Secrets.
Eros Bio+Vegan Aqua Water Based Lubricant, $44.95 at Adultshop.